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Chris Bosh isn’t worried about what you think he should do

Nov 23, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

Chris Bosh poses for a portrait during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida Reuters

Chris Bosh doesn’t care what numbers you think he should hit.

Before last season Bosh predicted he would grab 10 rebounds a game, he grabbed jus 7.9. The Heat won the NBA title. Bosh will make that trade any day of the week.

So this season he isn’t worrying about the numbers, it’s the flow and the winning he is looking at, Bosh told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida.

“Yeah,’’ Bosh said about leaving his soothsayer ways behind. “Everybody prints, ‘Oh, Chris Bosh says going to (do this).’ I said one year in Toronto I’d love to average (a certain number) in blocks and steals, and it got printed. I’d rather just not even worry about it. Worry about the game, and if it happens, it happens.’’

As for getting 10 boards a game….

“When you have me and (Udonis Haslem), Dwyane (Wade) and LeBron (James) on the court, not only do you have to compete with other guys, but you have to compete with your teammates too,’’ Bosh said. “That kind of divides the numbers up a little bit.’’

In reality, Bosh is having his best rebounding year — and his best season overall — since joining the Heat. He is averaging 8.2 rebounds a game, which is right in line with his numbers since coming to Miami, but he is grabbing 14.6 percent of the available rebounds when he is on the floor and that is a small bump from the 13.5 percent of last season. What’s more, he’s shooting 56.1 percent (up from 48.7 last season) and is looking more comfortable at the five than he did at the four.

He knows his role now, it’s defined, and he’s filling it.

And he is the Heat’s most important player.

  1. totallyuselessme - Nov 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    People’ve been trying to hate on Bosh since he arrived in Miami, and it’s beyond stupid. His presence makes the whole thing work. He’s not as flashy and with LeBron and Wade there he’s not going to have the numbers he used to.

    He’s got it right, though. Let the haters hate, Chris. You’re every bit as essential, and consistent, as the other two cogs in this machine. Maybe even moreso.

  2. cantonbound13 - Nov 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Did he cry?

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Love Bosh. And he looks like a cross between Crab Man from ‘My Name is Earl’ and Kid Rock.

  4. pantsfreezone - Nov 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    He’s, by far, the best dinosaur in the NBA.

  5. buffalo65 - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    I love how Chris bosh thinks anyone out there cares what he does. He’s a nobody.

    • jakefersch - Nov 24, 2012 at 5:05 AM

      A Nobody whos a 7time AllStar and has a chance of 74 percent to make the HoF bitch

    • scorp16 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      You apparently cared enough to click on a post about Chris Bosh. You cared enough to read the post about Chris Bosh. And…. You decided to comment on the post about Chris Bosh.

      Mr Pot meet Mr Kettle.

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